Charleroi Soccer Hall will welcome Duritza
Don Duritza certainly left his mark at Charleroi Area High School.
As a student/athlete, Duritza played soccer, basketball and baseball for the Cougars before he graduated in 1982.
His career spanned four years in soccer, three in basketball and two in baseball.
After going to California University of Pennsylvania, where he continued his soccer career for two more seasons, Duritza returned to his alma mater in a different capacity in 1989.
He coached the school's girls' basketball team and from 1989-93, Charleroi had a 57-23 record under his guidance and qualified for the playoffs twice.
Duritza will make his mark one more time for Charleroi on Saturday, and this time it will be a permanent mark.
Duritza will be inducted into Charleroi's Soccer Hall of Fame when the Cougars (3-4-1, 2-2) host California (0-5, 0-4) in a Section 4 A contest that starts at 7 p.m.
Duritza was a standout sweeper for the Cougars, and was named All-WPIAL in 1981 as a senior.
He lettered both of his seasons on the soccer team at Cal U.
Today, Duritza and his wife, Kathy, live in Pittsburgh with their daughter, Alliya, 15.
He is a merchandising supervisor for Nabisco.
“I didn't get to play with him, but he is very worthy. Donnie was a good player, a good kid and he has gone on to a successful career in his life,” said Tom Villella, chairman of Charleroi Soccer Hall of Fame's committee. “We're honored to welcome him into the Hall of Fame.”
Duritza will be the 48th person inducted into the Hall of Fame since it was begun in 1989.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.